The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 22, 2014

Save Villa Borghese, Italy Environmentalists Cry
Horse riders in traditional outfits stroll around the Pincio balcony in Rome's Villa Borghese. In the background, St. Peter's Basilica. AP Photo/ Gregorio Borgia.

By Ella Ide

ROME (REUTERS).- Environmental and cultural heritage groups appealed to city officials Thursday to stop the "massacre" of Villa Borghese park by banning pop concerts and big screen events they say lure vandals and lager louts.

The villa's secret gardens, majestic terraces, sprawling lawns and statues of Byron, Victor Hugo and Goethe are at risk from the city's cash-making initiatives, the activists say.

"The city council continues to authorize events that are utterly incompatible with the area's historical value," said Lorenzo Parlati, head of the Rome branch of Legambiente, the national environmental group.

Once a must-see on the Grand Tour of Europe, it contains an 18th century artificial lake, dozens of monumental fountains and the Galleria Borghese museum, home to masterpieces by artists such as Bernini, Titian and Raphael.

Earlier this month, tens of thousands of soccer fans watched World Cup matches on big screens in the villa's Piazza di Siena equestrian show grounds and many left a trail of graffiti, beer cans and broken vuvuzelas in their wake.

Activists had urged the city not to grant permission for the venue to be used as one of FIFA's Fan Fest sites but were overruled. They have since launched a media campaign to draw attention to their concern for the park they love.

"The 50,000 high-spirited fans that came to watch the matches each evening not only left behind mounds of rubbish, but also defaced statues," Parlati told Reuters.

The council's decision to allow Italian singer Renato Zero to perfom there next month has prompted several environmental and heritage organizations to warn that they may take legal action against the city.

Legambiente and its sister group Italia Nostra (Our Italy) have told the council that they will present testimonial and photographic evidence of the deterioration of the park to Rome's public prosecutor's office.

Mirella Belvisi of Italia Nostra said Italy's villas and piazzas should not be used willy-nilly as arenas for pop concerts or big-screen events to raise cash in one of the most heavily indebted countries in Europe.

"This is no excuse for exploiting villas and historic piazzas as money-making machines. Villa Borghese in particular has been massacred, reduced to an unrecognizable state of comatose," she told Reuters.

Originally a vineyard before it was converted in 1605 into a private park for the powerful Borghese family, the villa, at 148 acres is even bigger than the Vatican.

(Writing by Ella Ide, editing by Philip Pullella and Steve Addison)

Villa Borghese Park | Rome | Lorenzo Parlati |

Today's News

July 31, 2010

Edvard Munch's Master Prints on View in Compelling Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Crocker Art Museum Announces Inaugural Exhibitions for Expanded Museum

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today at MoMA

Portugal Presents Its Architects for La Biennale di Venezia

President Barack Obama and His Family Visit Spy Museum

Maya Funerary Tapestry Restored and Ready for Exhibition

Leonard Nimoy Presents New Series of Photographs at MASS MoCA

Jim Campbell to Present His Most Ambitious Public Art Project to Date

Exhibition of Photographs by Ansel Adams From the Collection of Anne Adams Helms

Researchers Unveil "Holy Grail" of Audubon Illustration

Academy of Arts, Berlin Presents the Käthe Kollwitz Prize to Mona Hatoum

Beach, Summer Resort and Ocean Liner Posters at Swann Galleries' Sale

Gretchen Dietrich Named Executive Director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Istanbul's Pera Palace to Reopen and Seek Return to Glory Era

Luxuries from China's Forbidden City to Travel to the United States

Rafael Viñoly Architects' New Domino Approved by City Council

Museum Launches Groundbreaking Explorer App to Rave Reviews

Powerful New Art Funded Works Added to The Herbert's Collection

Save Villa Borghese, Italy Environmentalists Cry

Baltimore Museum of Art to Present Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

Miami Art Museum Presents Focus Gallery: Purvis Young

Elvis Presley's White Knabe Grand Piano Expected to Bring $1,000,000+ at Auction

Princeton Museum Announces Outdoor Projection of Doug Aitken's Migration

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers to Auction the Estate of Eunice W. Johnson

Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney Appoints New Chairman

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Greece holds breath as skeleton found in Alexander the Great-era tomb at Amphipolis

2.- Spain mourns the death of art collector Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, Duchess of Alba

3.- Meet the ancestors: Exhibition at Bordeaux gallery reveals faces of prehistoric humans

4.- Getty Foundation and partners launch free of charge online art collection catalogues

5.- Historic photos of dead Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara resurface in small Spanish town

6.- Exhibition showcases the first two 'Poesie' created by Titian following their restoration

7.- O'Keeffe painting sells for more than three times the previous world auction record for any female artist

8.- Crystal Bridges announces the departure of museum President Don Bacigalupi

9.- artnet Auctions offers a later example of Yayoi Kusama's important Infinity-Nets series

10.- 'Degenerate art' should go back to museums: German advisor Jutta Limbach

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site